We arrived at the hospital at 5:30 am on Thursday the 29th 2013 for the scheduled induction. This wasn’t the plan, not even close, but after a very trying and painful last few weeks, and being 3 cm dilated for 3 weeks it was the best choice. She had really hoped to go into labor naturally since all the other children had been induced for various reasons, but it was not meant to be.
So after arriving they quickly got melanie started with an IV and pitocin. At about 8:30 Dr. Middleton came by and broke her water. At this point we expected things to progress fairly rapidly. After all with gio it was only 6 hours from the start of the pitocin to his birth, and that was with zero pushing, he literally came out all on his own.
So this is the point when we started the waiting game. She was 4 cm when her water broke and after a couple hours they checked her again and still 4 cm. When your water is broken they don’t like to check you more than every 2 hours so we were getting pretty anxious between checks to see the progress, but each time still 4 cm.
So after about 10 hours and steady increase of the amount of pitocin she was receiving we still weren’t seeing any progress. At this point I checked our phones and noticed people were getting concerned that there had been no updates in so long, so I let everyone know things were just moving a bit slower than expected.
After that they continued to increase the pitocin and once they hit the max dose things started to progress. This was at about 7 pm and I posted that melanie was 7 cm and 80 % effaced.
Melanie began feeling lots of pressure and the nurses started preparing for the inevitable birth which at this point, we now know, was less than half an hour away. Little did we know what was about to happen.
At 7:15 the nurse checked her again and quickly exited the room saying she was getting the Dr. As Dr. Phillips entered the room I could see the concern on her face, and when she checked Melanie I knew something wasn’t right. When She asked for a portable ultrasound“NOW!” and the nurses all started moving very quickly I knew she was breach. Within seconds the ultrasound was in the room and Melanie and I both watched as Dr. Phillips put the sensor on top of her stomach and Sophia’s head was clear as day, then she checked the bottom and sure enough there were her legs. Dr. Phillips told us we were headed for a C-section and this is when things really got crazy. The whole nursing staff it seemed was suddenly in the room, and as they prepared melanie to head to the OR I quickly explained to the children what was happening. Gianna was the most frightened and just sat in a chair curled up into a ball. They all knew that a C-Section was the thing mommy was most scared of having, and understood this wasn’t part of the plan. I managed to get a very short post on facebook letting everyone know, and then dropped my phone on the counter and ran down the hallway following melanie and the team of nurses that were pushing her bed. I believe it was 4 or 5 people.
The reason this was an emergency situation was that Sophia was already in the birth canal and literally minutes from being born. While there is a good chance she would of come out just fine breech, there is also a chance things could go wrong. As we are going through the halls melanie is telling them she can feel her coming, and at this point one of the nurses jumps on the bed with her and gives an injection to stop the contractions. As they push her into the OR me and Melanie’s mom have to get dressed in scrubs and wait. After a few minutes they came out and told us it was ok to come back. As I enter the room I’m surprised at how many people there are. There was a chair for me next to melanie, she was very nervous of course, but everything went great and within minutes Sophia is out. At this point its 7:30. So from when the nurse noticed something wasn’t right to completed C-Section was just 15 mins. I think that is amazing and have nothing but gratitude toward the whole staff that night.
Once Sophia was born all the craziness we had just gone through was all worth it. She was so perfect and very alert and awake. I was surprised how much she was looking around as I had heard C-Section babies were typically less alert. They weighed her got her wrapped up and I was able to carry her out of the OR to the bassinet waiting in the hallway.
Since we had a late delivery we weren’t sure if we would be able to leave Saturday night or Sunday morning. Luckily we were able to leave on Saturday night, as we were very ready to get home and get life started with our new addition. As I looked back in the van seeing all our children ready to head home I felt a feeling of completeness I’ve never experienced. It was time to start another new chapter as a family of 6 and we were off.